A half-hour before the show and the house was already full of enough pros and bros to fill the park at Snow Summit. Along with the Forum team, who showed up for the premiere, there was also a huge showing of extreme dogs. Jim Rippey and Brian Savard even showed up equipped with packs, shovels, and avalanche transceivers to see the second half of the double feature, TB 8.
Travis Wood took the stage and did what he does best, worked people into a frenzy, but instead of making up some bullshit about about matching his teamrider’s $8,000 bet on the best video part, he promised tons of free gear at intermission and one of the best movies to date. Still no word on who’s gonna take home the loot.
Mike McIntyre, a.k.a. Mack Dawg, took the mic and gave a brief intro to the movie, exited, and the lights dimmed. The house erupted into cheers as the title of the movie flashed on the screen.
The movie was packed with some of the most talented and highly paid riders in the industry, riding rails, tabletops, and huge backcountry booters. The music was decent, with some fine-sounding hip-hop from the Hieroglyphics crew, and what snowboard movie would be complete without a plethora of happy punk rock taking up most of the soundtrack.
The crowd seemed stoked, applauding for their favorite rider when they came to the screen. I can’t clearly remember who had the best part, but I went deaf halfway through Mikey LeBlanc’s part, due to the thundering applause. Tara Dakides quickly gave a boot to the ass of any male chauvinists watching her part: she went off. The crash section proved to be brutal as hell, and everyone in the audience was wincing.
It’s sad to say that you could get sick of seeing people risking life and limbÐhurling themselves over huge-ass jumps, but after twenty minutes of this film, snowboarding became way too redundant for this old-school, but if you’re into progressive riding at its finest, you’ll love this flick.